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  2. While it is not allowed to post on an other forum about this pedophile, thanks God for this forum. https://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/269204/cops-rescue-2-boys-inside-british-nationals-condo-unit CEBU CITY, Philippines — Police rescued two minors inside the condominium unit of an alleged pedophile a few minutes past 10 p.m. on Friday, November 8, in Barangay Hipodromo. Police Lieutenant Erlinda Mayam, head of Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD), said they arrested British national William Anthony Paul Becket, 61, in the company of the two minors, two boys who are six and 16 years old. Mayam said the six-year old boy shivered while the 16-year-old teenager’s face turned pale when they saw that Becket was handcuffed by police. The operation was led by the Investigation and Detection Management Branch (IDMB) of the CCPO. Mayam said they have received reports about Becket inviting children inside his unit since last year. At least six children are constantly invited by Becket inside his unit. Some of these children are reportedly sent to school with Becket’s money, according to Mayam. Mayam said the custody of these minors should not be relied upon Becket as the minors have parents. Even if the parents gave their permission for the foreign national to take care of their children, they still have to undergo the right process with a government agency. “Dili man gud na basta-basta ang consent ihatag unta,” said Mayam. (Consent should not be given that easily.) Mayam said authorities confiscated several computer devices and mobile phones, which they suspect were used to exploit children. Mayam said all the devices and phones will be turned over to the Regional Anti-cybercrime Unit in Central Visayas (RACU-7) to check for if there are pornographic content involving the minors. She said they are arresting the foreign national for violating Republic Act 10364 or the Expanded Anti-trafficking in Persons Act. Mayam said Becket is currently detained inside the CCPO detention facility while the two minors were taken to DSWD to undergo tests and other necessary procedures. / celr
  3. https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/08/12/1942768/senate-probe-falsified-medicines-philippines-sought MANILA, Philippines — Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto called for an investigation into the presence and prevalence of fraudulent medicines in the Philippines after a United Nations report found the country has the highest incidence of “falsified” drugs in Southeast Asia. In filing the unnumbered Senate resolution, Recto stressed that “being depicted as a hotspot for knockoff drugs” in the UN report is a “cause for alarm and action.” “[The Senate investigation’s aim] is to know the gravity of the problem and formulate remedial measures that will strengthen the capacity of the Food and Drug Administration and all law enforcement agencies to defeat this problem,” Recto said. A United Nations study on transnational crime published in April found that the Philippines had recorded the highest pharmaceutical crime incidents among Southeast Asian nations from 2013 to 2017. Of the 460 incidents within the region, 193 occurred in the Philippines. It was followed by Thailand (110), Indonesia (93) and Vietnam (49). “Falsified” medicines in the country include anti-tuberculosis medicines, paracetamol, and anti-rabies vaccines. 'Spurious, fake, falsely labelled' The UN report defined “falsified” medicines as pharmaceutical products marketed with the intention of deceiving buyers as to the content of what they are buying. These included spurious/fake/falsely labelled products and those that do not contain what they purport to. The lawmaker noted that the illicit trade in fraudulent medicines is a “large scale swindle of the cruellest kind” as their victims, mostly the poor, think they are taking authentic medicines that will cure them and “not something made of flour.” “Hindi lahat ng drug dealers shabu ang ibinibenta. Ang iba, pekeng gamot sa infection, rabies, TB, cancer, ubo at lagnat ang inilalako,” Recto said. (Not all drug dealers sell shabu [methamphetamine]. Others sell fake medicine against infection, rabies, tuberculosis, cancer, cough and fever.) He added: “Households buy half a billion pesos worth of drugs a day. Hindi pa kasama ang binibili ng mga pribadong ospital, gobyerno at insurance companies na nasa bilyun-bilyong piso din ang halaga taun-taon.” (Households buy half a billion pesos worth of drugs a day. This doesn’t include those purchased by private hospitals, government and insurance companies that also amount to billions every year.) In March last year, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the police to arrest makers and distributors of fake over-the-counter medicines. A 2017 study from the World Health Organization found that one in 10 medical products circulating in low- and middle-income countries is either substandard or falsified.
  4. Philippine Airlines your four star airline What do four star airline actually means ? My experience flight PR1846 Cebu to Manila on Tuesday July 30 July 2019 Flight two hours delayed because adjustments in flight operations. Packed cramped seats On arrival Manila airplane parked in a remote area Waiting for bus to be transferred to arrival area airport Conclusion Ticket price is almost double than that from Air Asia Service not better than Air Asia
  5. St. Luke’s Medical Center (SLMC) is the leading and most respected and recognized healthcare institution in the Philippines. Its two facilities in Quezon City and Global City, Taguig are at par with the most advanced hospitals around the world. A testament to SLMC’s world class quality medical services are its accreditations and key affiliations with prestigious international organizations. Unfortunately i was not expecting this in a world class hospital that a simple blood extraction would be so dramatic because of some young inexperienced nurse.
  6. Julian Assange arrested in London as US awaits his extradition The WikiLeaks founder faces charges in the US tied to his alleged role in a massive leak of classified information. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was taken into custody by London's Metropolitan Police on Thursday at the Ecuadorian Embassy, where he's been living for almost seven years. Sporting a thick beard, Assange was whisked across London to Westminster Magistrate's Court, where he was found guilty of breaching bail. That charge carries a possible prison sentence of up to 12 months. Having now left the sanctuary of the embassy, Assange could also be extradited to the US. The 47-year-old faces charges stemming from his alleged role in what the US Justice Department calls "one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States." The Justice Department said Thursday that the arrest was pursuant to an extradition treaty between the US and the UK. The arrest took place inside the embassy after Ecuador withdrew asylum, police saidin a statement. UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid tweeted to confirm Assange's arrest. "No one is above the law," he said. The only footage of Assange's arrest appears to have been captured by Russian government-funded news outlet RT. WikiLeaks described the turn of events as a travesty of justice. "Ecuador has illegally terminated Assange political asylum in violation of international law," WikiLeaks said on Twitter. The arrest comes only days after UN special rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer warned that expelling Assange from the embassy could leave him vulnerable and "expose him to a real risk of serious violations of his human rights." Assange started living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over sexual assault charges. Those charges have since been dropped, but Assange was still wanted in the UK for skipping bail in 2012. He has remained in the embassy out of fear of being extradited to the US on separate charges. What the US says On Thursday, the Justice Department unsealed court documents, dating back to March 2018, in connection with a federal charge of "conspiracy to commit computer intrusion for agreeing to break a password to a classified US government computer." The indictment alleges that, in March 2010, Assange conspired in the endeavor with Chelsea Manning, a former intelligence analyst in the US Army, to access a Defense Department network. The Justice Department alleges that Assange encouraged Manning to provide him with classified records. During one exchange, the DOJ alleges, Manning told Assange "after this upload, that's all I really have got left," and Assange replied by saying, "curious eyes never run dry in my experience." If convicted, Assange would face a maximum penalty of five years in prison, the Justice Department said Thursday. WikiLeaks and Assange have been under scrutiny since the highly publicized 2010 leak of diplomatic cables and military documents. In the first decade after its 2006 launch, WikiLeaks released -- by its own count -- more than 10 million secret documents. The leaks ranged from a video showing an American Apache helicopter in the Iraq War shooting and killing two journalists in 2007 to emails from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta during the 2016 presidential race. The Justice Department under President Barack Obama declined to press charges for revealing secrets, concluding that WikiLeaks was working in a capacity akin to journalism. But the case was never formally closed, and the Justice Department under President Donald Trump signaled a willingness to take another look at the case. Sen. Mark Warner, vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he hopes that Assange will be extradited quickly to the US. "Julian Assange has long professed high ideals and moral superiority," Warner, a Democrat from Virginia, said in a statement. "Unfortunately, whatever his intentions when he started WikiLeaks, what he's really become is a direct participant in Russian efforts to undermine the West and a dedicated accomplice in efforts to undermine American security." Fighting against extradition At a press conference outside the London courthouse, Assange's attorneys said that they would fight extradition to the US. They dismissed the US charges related to hacking allegations and said that Assange's arrest was an attack on journalism. "It is quite obvious that the US authorities have picked just one element of what they've been working on for a long time," Kristinn Hrafnsson, WikiLeaks' editor-in-chief, said at the conference. "There is no assurance that there would not be additional charges when he is on US soil." A judge said that Assange will return to court on June 12 for extradition matters, which his attorneys and supporters will continue to fight. Outside the courthouse, protesters were chanting, "there's only one condition, no extradition." Assange's attorney Jen Robinson said he had a message for the public. "I've just been with Mr. Assange in the police cells, he wants to thank all of his supporters for their ongoing support, and he said, 'I told you so,'" Robinson said. In a statement on Twitter, Robinson said she had confirmation that Assange's arrest was "not just for breach of bail conditions but also in relation to a US extradition request." An early warning that Assange would be evicted from the embassy came in a thread of tweets from the official WikiLeaks account a week ago. The organization claimed to have details about Assange's imminent release from a high-level source within Ecuador. Soon after the tweets were sent, activists supporting Assange turned out with banners and tents in support of his freedom. Following the protesters came the police, who many assumed were there to arrest Assange as he left the embassy. In a video statement posted to Twitter on Thursday, President of Ecuador Lenín Moreno said the country was withdrawing asylum due to Assange's "discourteous and aggressive behavior." 'Hopefully he will now face justice' Sen. Richard Burr, the Senate Intelligence Committee's chair, said in a statement that Assange and WikiLeaks had been working with the "Russian intelligence services for years." "Mr. Assange engaged in a conspiracy to steal classified information, putting millions of lives at risk all over the world," Burr, a Republican from North Carolina, said. "Hopefully he will now face justice." President Donald Trump stepped back from previous remarks about WikiLeaks. During his presidential campaign, Trump made several comments about the site. At an October 2016 rally, for instance, he said, "I love WikiLeaks." At a press conference Thursday, a reporter asked the commander-in-chief if he still felt that love. "I know nothing about WikiLeaks," Trump said. "It's not my thing." He added that he'd be leaving the handling of the case to the Justice Department. "I've been seeing what's happened with Assange, and that will be a determination from the attorney general.
  7. image: https://media.philstar.com/photos/2019/04/11/startoon_2019-04-11_21-31-26.jpg EDITORIAL - Teenage pregnancies 47SHARES82 (The Philippine Star) - April 12, 2019 - 12:00am Official statistics show a decline, but women’s health advocates say teenage pregnancy incidence remains high. In 2017, the Population Commission registered 47 live births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 19 – down from 57 in 2013. Most of the pregnancies, according to PopCom, occurred in rural areas. The Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health law five years ago, but issued a temporary restraining order amid questions on the safety of certain drugs for birth control. President Duterte, who had included reproductive health in his 10-point socioeconomic development agenda when he assumed office, issued an executive order to push for his family planning program despite the TRO on the RPRH law, which the SC finally lifted only in late 2017. The Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines, a national federation of community-based women’s groups, says that in absolute numbers, teenage pregnancy incidence remains high. If population growth is factored in, the actual numbers could be even higher, according to the group, with most of the teenage pregnancies occurring in poor communities. RH advocates blame the barriers in the implementation of the RPRH law for the continuing high incidence of teenage pregnancies. Implementation reportedly has been uneven among local government units, with even the education campaigns stymied by disinformation particularly on contraceptives. Teenagers tend to be adventurous and rebellious toward parental authority. Those who become sexually active in their teens can check out birth control options, which are widely available in cyberspace. But not all teenage girls have access to the Internet, or else they might not know what to look for, or they cannot be sure about the reliability of the information. In case of unwanted pregnancies, teenage girls can resort to abortion. Studies have shown a significant number of teenagers accounting for abortions performed in the Philippines. RH advocates have stressed the need for age-appropriate sex education in schools and access to information on reproductive health to prevent teenage pregnancies. With the Supreme Court TRO lifted for over a year now, the government must step up the campaign to promote teenagers’ reproductive health.
  8. Visitors must register at ‘verification centres’ before visiting Boracay Visitors to the newly reopened Boracay will have to register at ‘tourist verification centres’ before boarding a boat to the island. The measure is among a slate of new rules and regulations to be imposed after the island’s six-month closure came to an end today. The strict verification and monitoring of tourists are aimed to prevent congestion on the island, which is now limited to 6,405 arrivals per day. At any given time, no more than 54,945 tourists are allowed on the island. Those that arrive at the quayside wanting to visit the island without a prior booking will be able to choose from a list of accommodation providers that have been confirmed as fully compliant with government requirements. They will also have to sign an “oath” promising to maintain the cleanliness of the island. As we reported earlier this week, the Department of Tourism has compiled a list of the 157 establishments that are allowed to take bookings. In total, there are more than 400 hotels and guesthouses on the island, the majority of which will remain closed. Meanwhile, the police are deploying some 500 additional personnel equipped with new patrol vehicles. There will also be four modern jeepneys operated by Grab Philippines plying the island’s roads – many of which remain under construction. Rides are free until the end of the year, but will then cost up to 350 pesos for the Hop-on, Hop-off service. President Duterte ordered Boracay closed in an effort to curb overdevelopment and crack down on establishments violating environmental regulations. There has also been the suggestion that the island should have a month-long rest or “healing period” every year. Speaking at the opening today, Eduardo Año, secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government said: “Just like other beaches in other countries, they have been called rest or healing period,” he said. “To us, I think, one month is good enough. Perhaps during the rainy season would be a good time to rehabilitate again, to let the island have a natural healing.”
  9. http://philippineslifestyle.com/dutchman-arrest-talisay-sex-girls/ Dutchman Stephen De Groot remains in custody following his arrest. A Dutchman has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing four underage girls at a rented apartment in Talisay City. Stephen De Groot was arrested at about 3am yesterday (Wednesday, October 25) in the company of girls aged 13 to 16. The teenagers had been reported missing by their parents earlier that night. Chief Inspector Ardy Cabagnot, deputy chief of Talisay Police Station, said they seized the suspect’s smartphone that contained nude photos of the victims. The girls told officers that more videos and photographs of them and other minors had been taken by the suspect using an iPad. This has not yet been located. The girls also said that as well as photographing them, the 52-year-old also had sex with them in exchange for money and gifts, including a cellphone. The abuse had been continuing for about one month, they added. Cabagnot said that they went to the suspect’s house at Santa Monica Estates following complaints from neighbours about young girls coming and going from the apartment. Ion the night in question, the mother of one of the girls had gone to the police station in search of her daughter whom she thought had been caught violating curfew. “The mother was actually looking for her child here in the police station when the rescue happened at De Groot’s apartment,” Cabagnot said. “It was a blessing in disguise that when we caught him, we found the children as well,” he added. “The foreigner victimises young girls. A girl of 16 is already too old for him.” The Provincial Women’s Commission (PWC) has filed charges for violating Republic Act 10364 or the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012 against De Groot. Because the victims were minors, the case falls under ‘qualified trafficking’ — which a non-bailable offence. The Dutchman, who declined to issue any statement, is detained at Talisay City Police Station. The four girls have been turned over to the custody of social workers for assessment.
  10. https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1767850/Cebu/Local-News/Officials-public-tell-police-listen Officials, public tell police: listen This is the sentiment shared by many Cebuanos—from Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma to Cebu City officials and the netizens. A netizen noted on SunStar Cebu’s Facebook page that even if one is not into prohibited drugs, it’s not a safe place for people, especially at night. A call center agent asked for police visibility in Cebu City, while another lamented that the police didn’t need to kill drug suspects—they could be arrested. “Isn’t it ironic? Are we safe?” asked Councilor Margarita Osmeña. “If there’s a clamor already coming from the public... I don’t want to ano on the police because I’m not in a position to do that, but I think everybody should listen.” Cebu’s worsening peace and order situation is actually the only thing that administration and opposition Cebu City officials actually agree on. “It bothers me because this is no longer right. This is not normal,” said opposition Councilor Joel Garganera, the head of the Police Advisory Council. “We can always make accusations, but to me, let us leave the investigation to the authorities.” “Sixteen (dead) in 17 hours in Metro Cebu,” Rep. Rodrigo Abellanosa (Cebu City, south district) said. “And how many tomorrow? How many next week? Are we going to kill everybody?” The congressman said the police should look into the matter and consider how the people are reacting to it. “Even if this is in relation to the war on drugs, I don’t think this is the way it should be done. What if it happens to your relatives?” he added. Councilor Dave Tumulak, deputy mayor for police matters, shared the sentiment, saying that while he supports the police’s anti-illegal drug campaign, operations should be “in order and according to law.” Councilor Pastor Alcover Jr. went as far as calling Cebu City a “criminal city.” Half of the recorded 16 deaths in 17 hours happened in Cebu City. In five of those deaths, two victims survived and initially claimed that the police were behind the attempt on their lives. But Police Regional Office 7 Director Debold Sinas belied the insinuation. He even visited survivors Antonio Belande and Sharmaine Poran at the hospital where they were treated for injuries sustained while they were running away from their assailants in Barangay Malubog, Cebu City last Thursday dawn. Shot dead were Carl Cabahug, 26, of Barangay Lorega San Miguel; Leyster Abella, 26, of Barangay Calamba; Rolando Tayor, 29, of Barangay Labangon; Diorvan Sarijorjo; and Christopher Tangag of Barangay Mambaling. Sinas told reporters that Belande and Poran are not blaming the police. They even asked for police protection. But the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is already investigating the series of killings in Cebu, especially with the information that the police could be behind them. In a Bombo Radyo interview, CHR 7 Director Arvin Odron said that a team already visited the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) where Belande and Poran are admitted to start the investigation. CHR automatically investigates incidents that involve law enforcers, including deaths in the police’s One-Time, Big-Time operations. Unlike the CHR, the National Bureau of Investigation will only step in if requested. CCMC administrator Kenneth Siasar said that when Belande and Poran arrived in the hospital, they were vocal about who were behind the attempt on their lives. But now that the police have been visiting them, they don’t talk about it anymore—maybe they are confused or they just don’t know who to trust. The two will soon be referred to the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center for stress debriefing. Sinas believes that Poran knows the men who forced them to ride a white van. But she only believed that they were policemen because they were clad in an all-black uniform. The police already have initial information on which group is behind the incident. “This is not the way we should project Cebu to other provinces,” Palma said yesterday. He urged the faithful to continue praying the Oratio Imperata to end the killings. Businessman Glenn Anthony Soco, though, disagreed that the spate of killings in Cebu is already alarming. “As for information that was gathered, these (deaths) are drug-related incidents. There is no cause for alarm in the business (sector). I would think it’s isolated,” he said. The police want to know where exactly Poran, Belande and the others were picked up so it can be traced by the closed circuit television camera. Poran also admitted she uses illegal drugs, which prompted Sinas to advise Poran’s parents to have her rehabilitated. The police will look into the background of the five people since the Scene of the Crime Operatives found 150 grams of shabu worth P1.7 million inside the vehicle. RTF, AYB, PAC, KAL, RVC & GMD
  11. https://www.philstar.com/the-freeman/cebu-news/2018/10/02/1856599/cebu-city-tap-foreign-firm-help-address-traffic CEBU, Philippines — The Cebu City government is set to tap California-based firm Leotek in order to improve the traffic system in the city. Councilor Jerry Guardo, who sits as the chairman of the committee on environment, energy, transportation, communication and other utilities, told reporters that the city will ask the help of Leotek to address the traffic concerns in the city. Guardo said they know Leotek after their recent visit in Taiwan last week wherein the firm installed cameras in the intersections of that country to closely monitor the drivers. He said with the current traffic scheme of Taiwan, the government has instilled total discipline to drivers. “Sa Taiwan karon, seldom you can find traffic enforcers but their intersections duna ba’y built-in cameras,” he said. Earlier, Guardo, along with Osmeña and other executive staff, went to Taiwan for a sisterhood event. Leotek, which is founded in Silicon Valley, California in 1992, is known for global manufacturing of street, roadway, area and signal lighting products and solutions. “We are finding ways how we can adopt the system here in Cebu nga we can implement non-contact apprehension of violators, unya facial detection of drivers. It can also help us sa atong security,” Guardo said. Leotek personnel will be in Cebu City before the month ends for the test run. The city government decided to pilot the intersection in front of a shopping center along Osmeña Boulevard. Guardo said they will allow Leotek manage the traffic situation in the said area to check if it would really help improve the traffic system of the city. “Atong tan-awn unsa ka efficient and see how they will improve sa atong traffic problem. I just wanted to see and check how they will do it,” he said. After the test run, they will evaluate the efficiency of the new system and will decide later on whether or not to adopt the said scheme. But Guardo is hopeful that, with the Leotek’s system, the city government can strictly implement traffic rules and regulations so that various traffic concerns will be addressed. “Yes (stricter implementation of existing traffic policies) kay dili man makit-an sa ubang enforcers ang violators if naa’y i-apprehend na lain. Sa kini wala na’y lusot kay naa nama’y cameras,” he said. Among of the policies that the city’s traffic department is strictly enforcing right now is the anti-counterflowing, illegal parking, among others. (FREEMAN)
  12. https://www.philstar.com/the-freeman/cebu-news/2018/10/03/1856853/sinambong-killingwhen-marriage-ends-tragedy CEBU, Philippines — Like a scene from the movies, Mailyn “Mai-mai” Sinambong, a timid girl from a small fishing village in northern Cebu, awkwardly placed her arms on her Swedish groom’s shoulders as they made their first dance as husband and wife in front of ecstatic neighbors on June 6, 2009. More than nine years after, a grim tragedy ended the fairy tale. Then working as a househelp in the city, Sinambong was 18 years old when she first met Steve Abou-Bakre Aalam – by chance. A naïve girl from Barangay Kawit, Medellin town, about 125 kilometers north of the city, she found herself lost inside the mall one day, leading her to ask help from Steve, who was 22 years older than her at that time. Steve had just taken a break from his filming career in Sweden and worked as a producer in a big film company situated in Lapu-Lapu City. “It was a love at first sight,” said Maria Fe Buhayan, 33, when asked to describe the meeting. Buhayan, Mailyn’s bestfriend, served as the maid of honor in the wedding. Mailyn and Steve became lovers, and she soon bore their first son a year after their meeting. According to Buhayan, the two sometimes argued over things but managed to just settle them. “They quarreled from time to time, but they were more of word fight. Sometimes, the door gets slammed but I did not see them reach a point that they were hurting each other. Yes, they fought, but after a while, they were sweet to each other,” Buhayan said in Cebuano. “One time I saw bruises on her arms but I dismissed it. I thought it was normal for a woman who was having her period,” she added. Mailyn, she thought, was suffering from anemia that may have caused the bruises. Episodes of Violence Two months after the wedding, the family moved to Sweden. Mailyn’s mother, Maria Conde Sinambong, 48, said the man was a caring and loving husband in the beginning. But the fights became more frequent. The mother revealed that in 2011, Mailyn reported her husband to the Swedish police authorities for alleged domestic violence not just against her but also their first son (they had two children). Then again, both were able to settle their issues and got back together. “I asked her: ‘Are you okay there? Are you being loved?’ She replied: ‘Nothing, ma.’ She wouldn’t tell me,” Sinambong recalled of her conversation with her daughter. Angelo Monato, 24, Mailyn’s younger and closest brother, said his sister never mentioned anything bad about Steve and their marriage. He had always pictured out her sister being happily married to Steve. But their mother suspected one day that the couple was still not in good terms, especially when she found out that Steve left Mailyn confined in the hospital alone just last month. Mailyn had lupus. To cheer Mailyn up, the mother made sure to communicate with her daughter via video chat online. The last one was on September 23, Sunday, the day when Mailyn was already discharged from the hospital. “She grew morbid. She told me that no matter what happens, she loves me. ‘I love you so much, Ma.’ But I would cut her short. I told her not to say bad things like that. But she said she could not bear the pain anymore,” said the mother. While in the middle of the conversation, Mailyn cut off the conversation and promised to do a video chat with her. Mailyn never called again. “She never called back. I was waiting. I had been calling her, but there was no response,” the mother said, wiping her tears. On the same day, Angelo received a message from a certain Leonor, a Filipina neighbor of the Aalam family in Stockholm, Sweden, informing them that Mailyn had been killed by her husband on Sunday night. Repatriation The Philippine Embassy also confirmed to them the tragic news. Details of her murder remained unclear, but it was believed she died of choking. The Department of Foreign Affairs, in a statement, said the husband admitted to the killing. Buhayan said that based on some news reports in Sweden, Steve must have got angry as Mailyn wanted to divorce with him and go back to the Philippines. Mailyn, although unemployed in Sweden, received allowance from the Swedish government (for being unemployed) and was sending home some of the money for his parents and six siblings. Mailyn was the eldest in the family and supported the studies of her younger brother, Angelo. Despite the husband’s reported admission, the family is still crying for justice. Aside from the repatriation of Mailyn’s remains, the bereaved family also wants full custody of the two children of Mailyn, ages nine and four, who are now temporarily in the hands of the Swedish government. Migrante Central Visayas coordinator Connie Regalado said they will ask the Swedish embassy how to go about certain processes like getting the children from the custody of the Swedish government so they can return to the Philippines. “Pwede kaming mag-approach sa Sweden consulate para matanong sa kanila kung ano ba ang mga policies nila – halimbawa, Swedish nationals ang mga bata. Paano ba, or is there a possibility na madalaw man lang ng lola o ng mga tito yung mga bata, kahit ganun lang,” Connie Regalado, regional coordinator of Migrante Central Visayas, said. Regalado admitted that it can be difficult since the two children are now part of the ongoing investigation since both allegedly saw the incident. She also said repatriation of the Mailyn's body would normally take one month based on previous experiences with similar cases. On Monday, Consul General Ma. Elena Algabre said she will be assisting the Norway-based maternal aunt of Mailyn in making arrangements for the repatriation of her remains and in gathering more information about her death from police authorities. Algabre will also talk to the lawyer appointed by the Swedish government to handle the murder case against Mailyn’s actor-husband, who remains in custody. — JMD (FREEMAN)
  13. https://www.philstar.com/the-freeman/cebu-news/2018/10/05/1857408/15-killed-7-hours CEBU, Philippines — Fifteen people were killed across Metro Cebu in a span of seven hours, including five who died in what police called as a shooting incident but described by self-claimed survivors as summary execution. Chief Supt. Debold Sinas, director of Police Regional Office in Central Visayas, was quick to dismiss insinuations that the shooting in Sitio Kan-irag, Barangay Malubog in upland Cebu City was staged by his men. “We were busy with our One-Time, Bigtime operations, and then he wanted to include us (police)?” Sinas told reporters. The insinuations stemmed from the statements of two witnesses identified as Charmaine Puran, 25, from Sitio Avocado, Barangay Mambaling, and Antonio Belande, 56, from Barangay Basak San Nicolas. Interviewed over radio station dyAB Cebu, Belande said he and fellow habal-habal driver Christopher Tangag were contracted by Puran and her companion, a certain “Jovel,” to take them to a mall in Sitio Banawa, Barangay Guadalupe on Wednesday afternoon. When they arrived at the mall, Puran and Jovel allegedly told the two drivers to wait for them, assuring them of a P200 fare. While waiting, a group of five to six police officers onboard a white sports utility vehicle suddenly approached them and asked what they were doing. Belande answered they were waiting for their passengers. Belande thought the men were cops, judging from the uniforms they were wearing, which were covered with jackets. He said the men also addressed someone as “Chief,” and heard the names “Bautista” and “Abella.” The men then allegedly asked Belande and Tangag to surrender their helmets and keys and then led them to what seemed to be an apartment near the mall. There, Belande and Tangag were joined by Puran and Jovel. Belande said he was repeatedly told by one of the men to cooperate, so he obliged. But soon, the men tied their hands with a cable wire, blindfolded them, and took them inside a vehicle. Belande surmised they were in transit and realized the “cops” were in a middle of an operation. Belande said he was able to untangle his hands and partly dislodged his blindfold while on the way to the upland area of Malubog, some 30-minute drive from Banawa. When they were asked to alight from the car, he saw a white van and two motorcycles. The vehicles were the ones found at the crime scene yesterday morning, with the van peppered with bullets and containing bodies of five persons bearing gunshot wounds. Belande said he heard one of the “cops” order to shoot him first. Hearing this, he jumped off a ravine. He was shot and hit in his left leg but survived. “Ang van ug motor diha na to daan, dili kami tag-iya ato. Pasado alas dos sa kadlawon, padung alas tres. Pagtagsa-tagsa kanaog, kadungog ko ako ang unahon kay niana man, ‘Kana kay dako-dako lawas’ unya ako man pinakadako og lawas. Niambak ko, nigukod pa sila pabuto, kaluy-an tapsing-tapsing ra,” said Belande. Made to Kneel Puran, in a separate interview over dySS, revealed that she and Jovel were onboard an SUV with two other passengers but since they were made to wear helmets, she could not identify her companions. When they arrived in Malubog, she could hear the men who accosted them mumbling incoherently, but assumed there was an operation owing to the bursts of gunfire she heard nearby. Later, they were told to dismount the vehicle, now with her eyes uncovered. She said she saw three other men arrive onboard another vehicle. She said that she and the rest were made to kneel and then asked to board a white van (GFF 182) before it was peppered with bullets. The Land Transportation Office-7 yesterday found no record of such van in their registry. As bullets pierced through the van, Puran managed to crawl underneath the seat. “Girakrakan man mi nila unya nitago man ko’s pinakailawom nga bangko. Paghuman nila kay ila mi gihikap-hikap tagsa-tagsa, unya pagkita nila nako, gikuptan ko nila kay ila unta ko rakrakan nga ako ra usa. “Ako man gipatiran ang usa nila. Didto na ninaog ko’s pangpang, wan-a ko kahibaw sa giagian nako. Kapila ko nila gitirahan, tuo sila nakaigo sila nako kay kaduha man ko natumba, pero naligid-ligid ko. Sa sagbot didto ra ko nagtago hangtod buntag,” she said. She would be found by locals in the morning. In the radio interview, Puran admitted she and Jovel were supposed to deliver illegal drugs to someone she would meet in the mall. She also echoed Belande’s statements that the men who were with them all the while were police officers since they were wearing uniforms. Among the five fatalities, only Tangag had been identified based on his card as a call center agent. Tangag, a neighbor of Belande, fathered a baby boy who was baptized just recently. Belande and Puran were taken to the Cebu City Medical Center for medical attention. Belande’s family said they will contact their lawyers on their next move while Puran’s camp has not issued a statement since her interview in the morning. ‘Victims, Too’ For the police, however, it was a “simple” case of shooting. In fact, Sinas clarified that the two “survivors” are also considered as victims. “Wala magstorya nga pulis. Nag-insinuate lang usa sa inyuha (referring to a radio interview) nga pulis. In fact, wala siya mahadlok sa pulis. Akoa giadtuan. If you don’t like the police, ingna mi kay manghawa mi. Dili ko mag-impluwensya sa inyo statement, just tell it without interference,” said Sinas. Sinas also said they will not take custody of the two survivors since they are not guilty of any crime. Police will just provide security, he added. He also said the statements made by Belande and Puran are inadmissible to investigation unless they formalize them in an affidavit. For her part, Cebu City Police Office Director Senior Supt. Royina Garma said they are still investigating the incident and “look for concrete evidence to know how and why it happened.” Chief Inspector Dindo Alaras, chief of Mabolo Police Station, said part of their investigation is to dig deeper into the background of the survivors and the five slain persons. Police recovered from the white van four unidentified caliber of firearms, mobile phones, tablet, and cash. The vehicles are currently in police custody, subject for trajectory examination for bullet entry and exit. One-time, Bigtime Meanwhile, the One-Time, Bigtime of the police resulted in the deaths of 10 suspects who allegedly resisted arrest during a simultaneous implementation of warrants of arrest and buy-bust operations. In Lapu-Lapu City, police ended up shooting a suspected member of the Ozamiz criminal group identified as Cresolito Unito a.k.a “Adik” when he allegedly fought with the police at around 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday in Barangay Bankal. Three drug suspects were also killed in a shootout with Cebu City policemen in separate buy-bust operations in Barangays Pasil, Tejero, and Lahug at around 3 a.m. yesterday. And about the same time in Talisay City, six alleged drug suspects were also killed in police operations in Barangay Tanke. They were identified as Sherwin Dabasol, 30; Welvin Vinculado, legal age; Cresencio Rafaran a.k.a. “Jr. Adik”; and brothers Duane and Jate Bongo, all residents of the place. All victims were found in possession of .38 caliber revolver with live ammunition, as well as illegal drugs, police said. The sixth fatality was Jerome Sonsona, also from Tanke. A total of P10.7 million worth of illegal drugs was fished out from the simultaneous metro-wide operations. — with Gabriel C. Bonjoc and Mitchelle L. Palaubsanon, JMD (FREEMAN)
  14. CEBU, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs in Cebu has burned donations intended for survivors of super typhoon Yolanda after these were declared abandoned. The items – used clothing, diapers, soaps, shampoos, and medical supplies – were supposed to be donated in 2014 but the donors and consignees reportedly did not get an exemption for payment of taxes and duties, among others, from the Department of Finance, which is essential for the shipment to be released. Considering the shipment arrived in Cebu in 2014 yet, some of the canned goods were already expired upon inspection. The shipment’s value could not be identified because no import entry was filed, said BOC-Cebu District Collector Elvira Cruz. Cruz said the shipment, loaded in four container vans, arrived in January 2014 but the consignees were not able to process its release because they were not able to pay the charges for storage and demurrage. Some goods were supposed to be donated to the Department of Social Welfare and Development but the donation did not push through in the absence of necessary documents. Besides, Cruz said, DSWD also had no allocation for the payment of demurrage. Cruz explained the items could not be sold to the public because most of the goods have already expired. The used clothing cannot also be donated to DSWD since the Memorandum on the Acceptance of Forfeited Used Clothing has not yet been lifted pursuant to the Memorandum of former DSWD secretary Dingky Soliman on August 8, 2011. "It’s sayang but we have to follow the law. Customs can only donate it to DSWD; not just to any charitable institution," Cruz said. The condemnation of the goods yesterday was witnessed by a representative from the Commission on Audit. Atty. Kirk Sesant, chief of the BOC-Cebu Law Department, said that because of these incidents, under the Customs Tariff and Modernization Act which was approved in 2016, donations intended for the country should be free from taxes and duties and should no longer need an exemption order from DOF. The Implementing Rules and Regulation of the said law are yet to be released. "Pending the issuance of IRR, donations still needs an exemption from DOF," Sesante said. — JMO (FREEMAN)
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